Trends and Issues in the State Courts: Challenges and Achievements

These are challenging times for the state judicial branches. Funding has been cut, relations with the other branches of government are frayed, and election campaigns for judicial office can be injudicious. Significant innovation is occurring nonetheless. Effective practices in one  jurisdiction are being spread nationally. Reentry courts for felons released after long incarceration is one example of the reliance federal and state officials are placing on such court innovations.

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About the Author
David B. Rottman is a principal court research consultant at the National Center for State Courts, where he has worked since 1987. His current interests include the pros and cons of specialized courts, minority group perceptions of the courts, and judicial selection. He has directed the compilation of the last four editions of State Court Organization.